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The male solo singers lined up for comeback this Autumn

The male solo singers have all gone missing in action.

This is the time when idol groups dominate the music scene. Even the male solo singers like Rain and Lee SeungHwan who released album and promoted earlier this year, it is visible that they are struggling against the domination of the idol singers.

This has something to do with the structure and how the Kpop industry works. We see how the lifetime of songs in the market has been shortened recently. At the same time, there has been too much power going to the broadcast companies as well as the major label firms in the market. The major labels are also pushing more exciting and fun Kpop content at a faster rate into the market.

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Research: How do we recognise idol singers these days?

How do we recognise the idols of this time?

Mnet music research centre did an investigation on 1000 male and female adults for the whole month of June. The investigation looked into the 57 singers/teams who are the most active currently in the Korean music scene in terms of vocal capabilities, appearances, amiability, talent, performance and variety.

And through the survey, it was known that other than vocal capabilities, the idols are ranked very high in all the categories. In terms of their live performances, 16 ranks out of the top 20 ranks belongs to idol singers. And in terms of appearances, the girlgroups have dominated the rankings. Of the top 10 rankings we see the names of popular girlgroups like So Nyeo Shi Dae, KARA, f(x), After School, 2NE1, T-ara, 4Minute etc.

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Brown Eyed Girls takes part in special album for ice show ‘Festa On Ice’

Group Brown Eyed Girls releases a special album for the ice show.

The special album to commemorate the 3rd year of ‘Festa On Ice’ is released on 6th April. Other than the Brown Eyed Girls, other hit composers like Yoon IlSang, Han JaeHo and Kim SeungSoo have taken part in it.

Despite the group’s busy schedule promoting not only in Korea but also overseas as well as the individual members are involved in their own activities, they have managed to take time out to participate in the special album.

The theme song for the ice show this time is ‘Magic’. Another theme song included in the album is ‘Jump’ composed by Yoon IlSan who made hit songs like ‘Miss you’ by Kim BumSoo and ‘I have lover’ by Lee EunMi etc.

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Park Jin Young confesses, “WonderGirls and I don’t play around well these days”

Producer singer Park Jin Young (37) talks about the WonderGirls members going into adolescence period.

He was on MBC FM4U ‘Kim BumSoo‘s Dream Radio’ on 11th December when he said, “Like how people would normally not play (have fun) with their parents as much after they enters adolescence, it is the same case for the WonderGirls, we don’t play around as much anymore.”

Also on the show, Park Jin Young sent out text messages to the singers under him the message ‘Who am I to you?’. And 2AM Jo Kwon answered ‘An existence close to god’, Kim TaeWoo replied ‘The father of my life’, Son HoYoung replied ‘My ideal type’. 2PM Nich Khun also gave a cute answer ‘The teacher who likes the rice cake I bought’.

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WheeSung, Bobby Kim and Kim BumSoo cover 2NE1’s ‘I Don’t Care’

3 of the best vocals in Kpop realm WheeSung, Bobby Kim and Kim BumSoo covered 2NE1‘s hit song ‘I Don’t Care’ on a radio show on 3rd December.

They not only did the song in their own rendition, they also changed the lyrics to the perspective of a guy singing to his girlfriend. Love it!

Also check out WheeSung‘s live performance of ‘So Hot’ and ‘LA chA tA’ on the show under the cut.

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K Bites – 27.07.2009 IV (KARA-Ryu SangWook, Hwi)

Male leader to KARA’s upcoming ‘Wanna’ MV revealed

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New acter Ryu SangWook will be the male lead to KARA’s upcoming MV ‘Wanna’ which is also the title song of their comeback full-length album.

Ryu SangWook is recently featured in MBC drama ‘Queen Seon Deok’.He was also called the ‘2nd Lee JungJae’ for having resemblance to Lee JungJae when he was acting as the role of the bodyguide for Go HyunJung in ‘Secret Clock’.

Ryu SangWook had previously participated in the MV filming for KARA’s ‘Wanna’ on 19th and 20th July, and in the MV he acts as the role of a stalker to the 5 members in the group.

One of the MV filming staff sais, “In one look you can say that he is a goodlooking guy with an innocent feel, which goes well with the concept of the MV. With much popularity that Ryu SangWook gets from females these days, much more anticipation is for the new MV.”

KARA ‘Wanna’ MV will be revealed within this week.


New singer Hwi is in the spotlight again

hwi_270709New singer Hwi has received a special invitation to this year’s Hallyu Music Festival.

After gaining much popularity singing for the theme song ‘I can’t have you’ for MBC weekend drama ‘Friend, our legend’, his popularity goes all the way to Japan and he has been invited to 2009 Hallyu Music Festival.

The festival is a joint event by Korea and Japan, and it sees the appearance of top stars – last year some of the stars who attended were WheeSung, Kim BumSoo, Paran etc.

And for this year, some of the stars who will be attending are Jo Sung Mo, T-Max, K Will and Hwi. Hwi was invited after the theme song ‘I can’t have you’ began to gain popularity amongst the Korean and Japanese views of the drama.

The festival will take place on 12th and 13th September .

Listen to more by Hwi here…